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From: "Betty" <>
Subject: [GENMASSACHUSETTS] "Pairpoint Glass Company" (PAIRPOINT, JARVES)
Date: Sun, 15 Nov 2009 06:57:32 -0500
Anyone who watches the Antiques Roadshow has probably heard the word,
Pairpoint. I am watching a show now and they just showed a lamp which
had a Pairpoint shade. They said it was probably made by the company in
New Bedford, MA. So, I just looked the company up and found this:
It says the first company was the Mt. Washington Glass Company in South
Boston, MA, starting in 1837. Probably 1870's the company moved to New
Bedford, MA, and soon merged with the Pairpoint Manufacturing, started by a
man from England, Thomas PAIRPOINT.
This page doesn't say who started the Mt. Washington Glass Co., so I just
searched and found this page. It says the company was started in 1837 by
Demers JARVES, and there were several owners during the 1800's, like HOWE
and LIBBEY. And, there used to be - or is - a small hill in South Boston
named "Mt. Washington."
If you look at the Chronology, the company moved to different towns after
.. I was just wondering if any researchers had an ancestor who had an
occupation involving "arts and crafts." That's an occupation which is
not discussed on the Lists very often.
Betty (near Lowell, MA)
(In the same Antiques Roadshow, they showed an "1800 Ladies Dressing Table"
which held the so-called Chamber Pot in the bottom behind a drawer, and a
shelf for the "Pitcher and Bowl" and behind it a place for the Mirror.
So, the item which was the size of a bedside table - was multi-purpose.)
(Also, it was not a kind of Chamber Pot we see in the antique shops. It
was a "ceramic bowl" in the shape of the drawer - and the drawer pulled out
so you could possibly sit on it - if secured.)
(I don't know about others but the Antiques Roadshow is almost always a
history lesson for me. For instance, how many know what a "burl" is?)